Gulf Crisis: Jordan hints at normalization of ties with Qatar

Jordan has alluded to normalizing ties with Qatar after relations between the two countries were scaled down at the beginning of the ongoing diplomatic crisis opposing the tiny gas-rich country to its neighbors.

Jordan’s labor minister Samir Murad on Tuesday in Doha qualified as “good” the relations between the two countries more than a year after Amman downgraded ties with Doha, the New Arab’s Arabic version reports.

Jordan reconsidered its ties with Doha after Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut off ties with Qatar early June last year over claims that it supports terrorism. The boycotting countries subsequently imposed an air, sea and ground blockade on Qatar.

Jordan reduced its diplomatic staff in Doha and shut down Al Jazeera news network offices.

The Jordanian labor minister was in Doha to discuss with authorities their pledge to hire 10,000 Jordanians to help the Middle East kingdom alleviate its crippled economy.

Qatar also tabled $500 million as additional pledge.

A first batch of 1,000 young Jordanians will fly to the rich emirate within the next two months and will be deployed in Qatar’s public and private sector business, Murad said according to the Qatari media.

“We are talking about scientific, specialized, technical and engineering job opportunities,” he said.

Before Qatar’s proposed its aid-package, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE stepped up to give $2.5 billion to Jordan to keep its over water.

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